The One Year Devotions for Kids #1

The One Year Devotions for Kids #1

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For 10 years, kids have had fun learning about Scripture with The One Year Devotions for Kids series. Now The One Year Devotions for Kids, Volume 1 is available with a great look for a new generation of readers. Each day’s lesson focuses on a key theme from a Bible story. A contemporary story, application questions, a memory verse, and an action phrase combine to reinforce the theme for each day. A great way to help kids connect with God!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780842350877
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/07/1993
Series: One Year Book of Devotions for Kids Series , #1
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 366,647
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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The Broken Eggshell (Read James 3:2-10)

    "I hate you, Allen!" Tom shouted. "Don't ever come in my room again! You're a thief!"

    "Whoa, there," called Grandpa, coming down the hall. "What's all this yelling about?"

    "Tom says I stole his scissors, but I didn't," Allen called from his room. "He's a liar, and he better stay out of my room, too!" Allen slammed his door.

    With a sigh, Grandpa checked into the incident. It wasn't long before he discovered Tom's scissors on the hall table. With angry words, both boys insisted the other had left them there.

    "Quiet!" ordered Grandpa. He motioned for them to follow him and headed for the kitchen, where he placed an egg and an empty teacup on the counter. "Allen, you crack this egg into the cup," said Grandpa. The boys wondered what he was getting at, but Allen obeyed. "Now," said Grandpa, "Tom, you put the egg back into the shell again, please—just the way it was."

    Tom frowned. "What do you mean?" he asked. "That's impossible, Grandpa. You can't fix a broken egg."

    "Like Humpty Dumpty, eh?" Grandpa chuckled. Then he became serious. "The point is, there's something else like Humpty Dumpty—something that can't be easily mended. I'm thinking of feelings. You boys said some ugly things to each other. Taking words back is just as impossible as mending an egg." Both boys felt bad. "Never forget how harmful words can be," cautioned Grandpa. "God says the tongue is like a firethat cannot be put out. That's how much damage words can do. Even saying you're sorry doesn't make them disappear."

    "I am sorry, though," Tom told his brother.

    "Yeah ... well ... me too," replied Allen. "You can come in my room, if you want." D.F.


Are you careful about the words you speak, or do you say things before you think? Even when you say you're sorry, the other person may still remember those words you said. Ask God to help you tame your tongue.


"Don't use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and what will give them a blessing." Ephesians 4:29, TLB

* Think before You Speak


Afraid of the Dark (Read 2 Corinthians 4:3-6)

    Kim did her best to comfort Billy, the little boy she was baby-sitting, but he was terrified. A nightmare had awakened him, and he was sure that monsters were hiding in his room. "There's no such thing as a monster, Billy," Kim said as she sat on his bed and hugged him.

    When she tried to tuck him under the covers, he clutched at her frantically. "I want my mommy!" he choked out between sobs.

    "Listen, Billy," Kim soothed, "your mommy and daddy will be home later, but you're safe with me. I'll tell you what—why don't I leave the door open and turn on the hall light. I'll be right outside the door."

    "I want my bear," Billy whimpered.

    "All right." Kim placed the scruffy teddy in his arms. She dried his tears and then quietly left the room. "Please let him sleep," Kim prayed. And after Billy called out to her for reassurance several times, he did sleep.

    Kim was tired when Billy's parents finally came home, but she perked up when they apologized for being late and paid her overtime. The extra money meant she would be able to buy the camera she'd been wanting.

    At church the next day, a missionary showed slides of his work in India. The sound of the eerie pipe music filled the room. Kim saw people, their faces twisted by fear, offering sacrifices to cruel-looking idols. Why, she thought suddenly, they're just like Billy. They're scared of the dark—only the darkness they're afraid of is the darkness of evil. They need to know there's Someone to take care of them. They need the light of Jesus. Then something occurred to her. She had money. She could give some of it to help send them the gospel. The camera could wait for a while. A.L.


Have you been afraid of the dark? Can you imagine how much worse it would be to be surrounded by the darkness of evil, with no knowledge that God loves you or that Jesus died for you? Think about what you can do to help send the light of the gospel to the people who live in such darkness.


"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned." Isaiah 9:2, NIV

* Reach These in Spiritual Darkness


In His Arms (Read Isaiah 40:28-31)

    Lesa tore open the door and stumbled down the hallway. "Mother! Mother!" she called. "Is it true?"

    "Settle down there, Lesa." Dad met her and put an arm around her shoulders. "What's wrong?"

    "David said his mom doesn't have a job anymore, and that all the plant workers have been laid off. It must be true—you're home, too!" exclaimed Lesa. "Daddy, if you don't have your job anymore, how will we pay Kari's doctor bills?"

    Just then, Mom came down the steps with baby Kari. Kari's eyes lit up when she saw Lesa, and she eagerly-reached out her hands. Dad let Lesa out of his bear hug so that she could take Kari. Lesa couldn't help remembering when Kari was sick and had to go to the hospital so often. She was such a quiet and dull baby then, not at all like the bright, happy baby she was now. She squeezed her little sister even tighter in her arms.

    Dad saw the tight hug Lesa gave Kari. "Lesa, whose arms are holding Kari?" he asked.

    "That's a funny question," said Lesa. "My arms are. Why did you ask that?"

    "Well," said Dad, "is she really safe in your arms? Maybe I should take her."

    Lesa looked puzzled. "But, Dad, you and Mom have taught me to be very careful with Kari. I'm in fourth grade, you know. Why don't you trust me with Kari now?"

    Dad smiled. "Actually, I do," he said. "I'll leave her with you. But think about this—you're worried because I'm out of work. I know it's a scary thought, and I'll admit that Mom and I feel a little shaky about it, too. But we decided to leave it in the arms that are holding us."

    Lesa stared blankly at her father for a minute, and then she smiled. "God's arms," she said simply. Yes, it was true. God's arms were underneath her family. He would hold them tight, no matter what happened with Dad's job. P.J.


Are you worried about your future? Has your mom or dad been laid off or lost a job? Remember, God knew it was going to happen before you did, and he knows what to do about it. Trust him.


"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deuteronomy 33:27, NKJV

* Rest in His Arms


Mystery Soup (Read 1 Samuel 16:6-13)

    The front door slammed, signaling that John was home from school. When he didn't burst into the kitchen as usual, Mother checked on him. "What's wrong?" she asked the glum-faced boy sitting on the sofa.

    John scowled. "I have to work on a social studies project with that new boy, Stefan," he mumbled. "You should see him. His pants are too short, his socks never match, and his hair's always a mess."

    "But what makes you think he wouldn't be a good project partner?" asked Mother.

    "I just told you," grumbled John. "If you could see him, you wouldn't ask that question."

    Just then there was a loud clunk in the kitchen. They both hurried to the kitchen, where they found John's two-year-old brother, Travis, surrounded by cans from the cupboard, many with the labels peeled off. "Oh, no," moaned Mother, looking at the mess. After thinking a moment, she said, "John, you can help me. Would you tape the labels back on these cans, please? I want them done neatly."

    "But which label goes on which can?" asked John.

    "Don't worry about that," Mother said. "Just make sure it looks nice. Then let's have one that says 'Corn' for dinner."

    "But, Mom," protested John, "if you just slap the labels on any old can, the outside might not match what's inside."

    "So the outside appearance isn't really important, is it?" asked Mother. She smiled at John. "That's something I think you should remember. You've already judged Stefan because of how he looks. You've slapped a label on him without knowing what's on the inside. Find out what Stefan is like as a person—don't just judge him on his looks."

    John thought about it. "Maybe I should get to know him," he decided. "But what are you going to do about those cans?"

    Mother laughed. "I guess we'll be having mystery soup for a while." S.P.Z.


Do you judge people by the way they look or dress? Do you label them without finding out what is inside? God doesn't judge on outward appearances, and neither should you. Try to discover what's in the heart.


"The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV

* Don't Judge by Appearance


Battered Bears (Read 1 Timothy 5:1-4)

    As Jenny gave her battered old teddy bear a hug before setting him on her pillow, her brother, Adam, walked past her bedroom door. "Why don't you give that ratty old thing a decent burial—in the garbage can?" asked Adam, laughing at his own joke.

    "Be quiet, Adam," shouted Jenny. "You're not funny."

    Mother appeared in the doorway. "Let's go, kids," she said. Jenny made a face. They were going to visit Great-Aunt Catherine at the nursing home. Her mind was no longer alert, and the children hated visiting her.

    At the nursing home, they found Great-Aunt Catherine sorting through ancient photographs, as usual. Mother talked gently to her about the past while the children drew pictures. Jenny sketched a funny picture of her great-aunt and some of the other old folks and showed it to Adam, and they snickered together in the corner. They didn't notice Mother until she pulled the sketch from Adam's hand.

    Back home, Mother steered the children to Jenny's room. She took the teddy bear from the bed. "Jenny, you didn't like Adam making fun of your bear," she said. "I guess you still love it, even though its fur is rubbed off and one eye is missing, right?" Jenny nodded. "Well," said Mother, "I love Great-Aunt Catherine, even though she's old. She raised me after my parents died. It hurts me to see you make fun of her—just like it hurt you, Jenny, when Adam made fun of this bear."

    "I'm sorry," murmured Jenny. Both children were ashamed of their attitude that morning.

    "God commands us to honor and respect old people, even though they may have broken bodies and childlike minds," continued Mother. "They have spent their lives in service to their families and friends. Now it's our turn to be of service to them. Will you both please try to remember that?"

    Jenny and Adam nodded solemnly. Adam even gave the old teddy bear a gentle pat as he left the room. E.C.O.


Have you ever made fun of older people? Do you get impatient with the elderly members of your church or family when they cannot move fast or when they tell the same stories over and over? Proverbs 16:31 says that gray hair is a crown of glory. Treat older people with honor and respect.


"You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man." Leviticus 19:32, NKJV

* Respect the Elderly


Allen's Allergies (Read Psalm 34:12-16)

    "Mom, the itchy spots are back on my skin," Allen said, holding out his arms. "I have bumps on my legs, too."

    "Oh, Allen," said Mother, "your allergies are acting up again. I haven't changed the laundry detergent or any of our soaps. I can't imagine what caused this reaction, can you?"

    Allen scratched his arms as he thought. "When I was over at Bob's this morning, his mom had some stuff out to the send to the mission," he said. "Bob and I dressed up in some of his dad's old camouflage clothes. I suppose they were washed in something I'm allergic to."

    "I suspect that's it," said Mother. "Go take a shower, and then we'll get your prescription refilled."

    As Allen and his mother drove home after picking up the medicine, Allen sighed. "It's hard to remember that I need to be careful about what touches my skin," he said. "We were having so much fun that I didn't even think about it." He rubbed his arms. "My allergies remind me, though," he added. "It's too bad they don't remind me ahead of time!"

    "Isn't that the truth!" agreed Mother. She smiled at her son. "You know," she added, "dressing in those clothes was innocent fun, and it's too bad you have to avoid things like that. But you do, or you get this negative reaction. There are other things that we need to be very careful to avoid, too, even though they seem like innocent fun. We need to think about the consequences before getting involved in those things."

    "Like what?" asked Allen.

    "Well, ... like watching bad TV shows, or reading dirty books, or going places where we'll be tempted to do wrong," said Mother. "Those kinds of things, like any sinful activity, will stir up a negative reaction in our lives. We need to ask the Lord to remind us to avoid things that will harm us." N.E.K.


Are you allergic to anything—foods, bees, medicine, weeds, soap? if so, you know it's best for you to avoid those things, Sin can cause a very bad reaction in your life as well, Try to avoid sinful things so you can avoid their consequences, too,


"Keep away from every kind of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:22, TLB

* Avoid Sinful Activity


Table of Contents

1 The Broken Eggshell
2 Afraid of the Dark
3 In His Arms
4 Mystery Soup
5 Battered Bears
6 Allen's Allergies
7 Blind Leaders
8 Dead Religion
9 Plenty of Time
10 Four Pennies nor a Dollar
11 Something Stinks!
12 The Dusty Doll
13 Clean Glasses
14 Sammy Squirrel Christians
15 Guilty
16 A Clean Environment
17 Ready Brakes
18 Suffering Persecution
19 Good Advice
20 20/20 Vision
21 Science Project
22 Science Project (Part 2)
23 Rekindled Fire
24 Turn It On
25 A Cover-Up Expert
26 Antibiotics
27 Around and Around
28 Bless Everyone
29 The Puppet
30 Alicia Finds a Way
31 The J-Bar
1 Pray and Pray
2 Mrs. McGinn's New Rule
3 Junk Food
4 Best Friend
5 Tight Braces
6 The Broken Doll
7 A Real Offering
8 The Accident
9 The Accident (Part 2)
10 I Said That?
11 Redeeming the Time
12 Captivity
13 Guilt by Association
14 Saying Good-Bye
15 Grandmother's Journey
16 The U-Turn Sign
17 Mending the Rip
18 Fairy Tales
19 Copy-Cats
20 "Salty" Christians
21 The Best Bullfrog
22 One Very Small Thing
23 Cereal War
24 Survival Kit
25 False Worshipers
26 Jimmy Wants More
27 Hardened Modeling Clay
28 The Spider Bite
1 Foreign Words
2 Dad's Coming Home!
3 Saturday Every Day?
4 Just like Dad
5 False Teeth
6 Stolen Seed
7 Panic Messages
8 Traffic Lights
9 The WhiteCabinets
10 Two Ordinary Shoes
11 Cleaned Up
12 The Silent Treatment
13 Out of Gas
14 Courage for Christ
15 Sitting with Jesus
16 Most-Loved Doll
17 Ice Bags and Prayers
18 The Sacrifice
19 Spiritual Milk
20 Moving Molecules
21 A Home for Kitty
22 Not My Friend
23 Blah-Blah-Blah!
24 Ornamental Fruit
25 Ornamental Fruit (Part 2)
26 Trustworthy
27 Privilege or Punishment
28 When I Grow Up
29 More than a Ring
30 Someone Is Watching You
31 Redeeming Rosie
1 Hard Biscuits
2 Something Is Rotten
3 Kellie's Party
4 Names and Labels
5 A New Friend
6 Don't Miss the Ride
7 Four Corners
8 Accept It
9 Save the Planet
10 Heavenly Wages
11 All Shook Up
12 Peggy's Rescue
13 Peggy's Rescue (Part 2)
14 Always Shining
15 Reminders
16 The Changeable Lizard
17 Elephant Rides
18 The Finished Table
19 Personal Messages
20 The Relay Race
21 The Relay Race (Part 2)
22 The Growing Boy
23 For a Good Cause
24 Powerful Words
25 Green Thumb
26 Color-Blind
27 How Many Legs on a Sheep?
28 Lavender Green
29 Gone Fishin'
30 It's Not Really Free
1 Grounded
2 The Brick House
3 The Brick House (Part 2)
4 The Brick House (Part 3)
5 Wade's Secret Project
6 Trusty
7 Just like the Kings
8 The Safety Pin
9 Trapped
10 In the Dark
11 The Bottom Line
12 The World's Best Baby-Sitter
13 Jonathan's Bath
14 A Dead Stick or a Living Tree
15 Sweeter than Chocolate
16 Like Grandpa
17 Lessons from the Garden
18 Junior Bridesmaid
19 What Do You See?
20 The Sad Night
21 The Memory Box
22 Riding on Clouds
23 Puzzle Pieces
24 Do You Hear?
25 God's People
26 The Needy Baby
27 Grandma's Coming
28 A Different Beat
29 Cobwebs and Cables
30 Carmel and David
31 God's Flower Garden
1 A Special Poem
2 The Woodpecker
3 Keep Knocking
4 Picking up the Pieces
5 The Dirty Socks
6 Flying Is for Birds
7 The Bald Eagle
8 Breakthrough
9 Hidden Dirt
10 Sea Lion Ears
11 Minced Oaths
12 The Abscessed Tooth
13 Audible Repetitions
14 Try It! You Might Like It!
15 Obedient Rex
16 Baby Birds
17 Sand Castles
18 Big Sister
19 Scars to Remember
20 Adjustments
21 What's in the Well
22 Run
23 Fresh Air
24 A Torn Sail
25 Catch Me, Daddy!
26 Press On
27 A Bit of Beauty
28 A Very Special Day
29 Building Bridges
30 Firmly in Place
1 Blind Bats
2 No More Dust
3 The Beautiful Apple
4 A Reason to Celebrate
5 Proper Care
6 It Takes Two
7 The Prison Breakout
8 In God's Care
9 The Christian Bouquet
10 TLC For Tippy
11 Night Vision
12 An Unkind Prank
13 Baseball
14 Baseball (Part 2)
15 The Sleeping Flamingo
16 Sandspurs
17 Different Weather
18 Eric's Echo
19 God's Helping Hands
20 Adopted by God
21 Two Different Directions
22 Fuzzy No More
23 Soap Bubbles
24 Redemption Policy
25 Transplanted for Strength
26 Randy's Giant
27 The Filter System
28 The New Neighbor
29 Paper Grandpa
30 Swimming Upstream
31 The Auction
1 Old Unreliable
2 Flying Lessons
3 Harvest Time
4 Learning to Forgive
5 God's Helper
6 Following Instructions
7 A Growing Boy
8 What Color?
9 The Book Pass
10 Spooked
11 The Full Cup
12 Batting Champion
13 The Pesky Kitten
14 Come into My Parlor
15 Busy Signal
16 Reserved Seats
17 The Form Letter
18 Caught in the Current
19 Made to Last
20 The Kite
21 "Burry" Interesting
22 The Ant Farm
23 The Homing Pigeon
24 A Hole in the Roof
25 Fish Ears
26 Open Your Mouth!
27 The Smoking Wick
28 Am I Lost?
29 Chameleon Christians
30 Eagles
31 The Sunflower Dilemma
1 Special Delivery
2 Go for the Gold
3 Quick as a Bunny
4 Hitting the Mark
5 No More Weights
6 Disobedient Duke
7 Things to Remember
8 Camouflage
9 The Spark Plug
10 Granny's Helper
11 The Nail and the Toothpick
12 Dynamite
13 Chad's X Ray
14 Storing Up Wisdom
15 A Big Friend
16 Alternate Life-styles
17 Darkness and Light
18 Making Biscuits
19 Hilary Agrees
20 Gretchen's Gift
21 Sun Catchers
22 Current Issues
23 The Discontented Puppy
24 Paul Revere
25 The Birthday Gift
26 The Right Fight
27 Big Deal?
28 The "Borrowed" Book
29 An Important Test
30 Robins on the Net
1 A Heavy Load
2 Mount Trashmore
3 Essential Attire
4 A Gift for Mrs. Morgan
5 The Right Source
6 Old and Wrinkled
7 Every Other Weekend
8 Robert's Robot
9 Two Mirrors
10 Laura's Accent
11 Instant Replay
12 A Guilty Secret
13 Tina's Pity Puddle
14 God's Jewels
15 God's Jewels (Part 2)
16 God's Jewels (Part 3)
17 The Dimmer Switch
18 Beautiful Feet
19 Christy and the Spiders
20 Good Listener
21 Poor Ricky!
22 The Broken Promise
23 Computer Printout
24 Merging Traffic
25 The Way Home
26 A Bigger Tree for Travis
27 An Hour Early
28 9-1-1
29 Switch Channels
30 Balancing Act
31 Light in the Darkness
1 Helpful Light
2 Broken Beads
3 Memory Quilt
4 The Box of Paints
5 The Best Team
6 The Flower Kit
7 Words and Actions
8 Temper Tantrums
9 Hamburger for Babies?
10 Double Topping
11 The Soldier's Story
12 A Puppy for Lisa
13 The Shark's Bite
14 The Want List
15 Stair Steps
16 Basketball Blues
17 The Fastest Balloon
18 The Blank Page
19 The Measuring Stick
20 The Oyster and the Pearl
21 Deleting Mrs. Trembley
22 Vera's Sadness
23 Super Glue
24 Missing Guests!
25 Songs of Thanksgiving
26 A Little Syrup
27 A Way to Visit
28 The Coach's Voice
29 The God of Ninevah
30 The God of Ninevah (Part 2)
1 On Earth, Peace
2 Beware of Little Foxes
3 Special House, Special Person
4 A Wonderful Gift
5 Too Big a Bite
6 No Sissy
7 Dial-A-Fortune
8 The Worrywart Hamster
9 Popcorn Tongue
10 Inside-Out Times
11 Enough Love
12 The "Who Cares" Attitude
13 Poinsettia Bouquets
14 Pearl Diving
15 Words and Actions
16 Blanket of Peace
17 Daddy's Girl
18 "Old Fogey"
19 The Dual Thermometer
20 Two Kinds of Kernels
21 The Clean Slate
22 Whose Fault?
23 Not Dummies
24 A Christmas Tradition
25 Candy Cane
26 The Silly Monkey
27 Daily Bread
28 All One Team
29 Hot Cookies and Ski Trips
30 Bumper Stickers
31 Something Inside
Index of Topics
Index of Scripture Readings
Index of Memory Verses

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The One Year Devotions for Kids #1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family reads a devotion each night, after dinner. We take turns reading the story and Bible passage, then talk about the lesson afterward. We all really like the way lessons from God are turned into everyday problems lots of kids can relate to. If you're looking for a new devotional, give this one a try!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This devotional is one of the best I've seen for turning everyday experiences into a teaching tool from the scriptures. It will keep your children excited about their daily devotions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great way to get kids away from the TV and thinking about God's plan for their lives. Good stories and insightful lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started a little late this year because we stumbled across it and we are only 2 lessons in (now 3) but because we have a 30 minute ride to school, it has started to become a routine for one of the 3 children to read in the morning on the way. It seems to calm everything down and get us moving in the right direction and gives them a central focus for the day as food for thought or better yet daily bread and we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. :) My youngest daughter usually not a morning person is getting involved and has shed the grumpy 'tude for a much more welcome one by the rest of They enjoyed so much this morning they wanted to read we went back to jan 1 and started to play catch up with what we've missed so far. I love to hear their analogies and stories..just a few examples "the broken eggshell" cant take words back no more than you can mend an eggshell..we did an experiment and timed it. Squeezed an entire tube of toothepaste onto a plate then gave them a toothepick to put it back. Learned there was something we missed with the egg...(1) It takes only a FEW SECONDS to say something that (2) you may NEVER be able to fix with even the most sicerest "Im sorry" . Lastly the lesson of "Cleaning your spiritual environment"..they have adopted a new phrase from to let someone know when they are being rude to them and/or not taking care of the environment of their hearts. They say "excuse me but you are littering all over my backyard"...i think its adorable that they can so simply put in a physical form the spiritual impact of someone elses behavior. Sorry to rave on but childrens books are not JUST for children as the bible does tell us "a child shall lead them"..they have, and do. God bless. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand then do this three books then look under the thing u sleep on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago